The port

Make sure you get down to the port, the biggest in Europe and also where hundreds of Europeans literally jumped ship to America and Australia in search of a better life. With things pretty drab back then no wonder they shot through, but it’s certainly picked its socks up with a string of vibrant waterfront cafés and bars.


The Euromast

Also down by the water is the Euromast, a 185m tall lookout tower fittingly designed to resemble a ship’s mast. It’s the highest tower in the Netherlands, and not only does it offer a fabulous view, but  also a chance to fireman-slide down it – or abseil, rather.


Sculptured city

Rotterdam is plugged internationally for its modern architecture. The post-war reconstruction of the city brought a mix of handsome and hideous buildings which at least help make what’s good stand out. With each project the skyline continues to change for the better. One of the more innovative is the Kijk-Kubus residential village, filled to the brim with cube-shaped homes. Created by local architect Piet Blom, the adventurous project met global applause. A Show-Cube is set up for tourists to have a sticky beak at how one can comfortably live in such an oddly shaped abode.


Culture shop

On Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Tuesdays the market square turns into a shopping wonderland with rows of local goods and produce. Make sure you stock up on cheese. During other times check out the department stores, of which there are plenty. You will find eight ‘Shopping in Rotterdam’ routes at Rotterdam Tourism if you want to go about it in a more organised fashion.



In between shopping, swing by a couple of the city’s museums. Look out for the Netherlands Photo Museum, Maritime Museum and Natural History Museum.

Netherlands Photo Museum

Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday

Closed: Mondays, January 1st, April 27th (Kings Day), December 25th

Tickets: Adult €9

 Maritime Museum

Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm Sundays and public holidays

Closed: Mondays, January 1st, April 26th (Kings Day), December 25th

Tickets: Adult €8.50

Natural History Museum

Open: 11am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday

Closed: Mondays, January 1st, April 27th (Kings Day), December 25th

Tickets: Adult €7